Health stands pop up to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Shoppers in Liverpool are being encouraged to visit health stands at St John’s Shopping Centre this weekend as part of a North West ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

From Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 March trained teams of advisors will be on hand to give out advice and information and be able to have a one-to-one consultation with a Health Professional at the stand.

Currently, women in the region have low awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms. New survey data shows that almost all (97 per cent) don’t link persistent bloating with ovarian cancer.

Latest figures show that 854 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the North West in 2011. The same year, 461 women died of the disease in the region.

Shadow Minister for Public Health and Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger – who will be visiting the stand during the morning of Saturday 8 March, said: “I want everyone who is at risk to be aware and seek help if they are concerned. This is a great opportunity for anyone with any concerns to go along and have an informal chat to someone who can give advice and information on what to do next.

“It’s often easy to ignore symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, as some are as simple as feeling a little bloated but if you are concerned at all then this is your chance to get more information.

“Spotting the signs of any cancer early can make a huge difference and I would urge as many people as possible to visit the stand and speak with an advisor.”